Disparate Ease in Cancer Deaths

Cancer death disparities between African Americans and whites narrowed significantly in the last 30 years.

In 1990, the “excess risk” in cancer mortality for black people was 47%. A recent American Cancer Society study found that number dropped to 19% by 2016.
The dive is attributed mainly to declines in smoking and lung cancer. Early evidence suggests that the Affordable Care Act has also helped close disparities gaps.
But African Americans remain disproportionately impacted with the highest mortality and lowest cancer survival rates of any group. “The message is progress has been made, but we still have a long way to go,” says ACS’s Len Lichtenfeld.
The Washington Post

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